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Aug. 27th, 2007

So, I've been watching the news at work the past few days, and I've been following this story about those fires in Greece.  They were showing some footage  of these 20 ft. flames and a firefighter squirting the fire with what appeared to be... a garden hose.  Of course, two things immediately came to mind:

First, If you want to control a fire, you've got to do more than just spit on it...

...and second, more importantly, they just seem to be making things worse. I mean, everyone knows you're not supposed to use water on a Greece fire.

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Here's a funny video I found on YouTube.

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SCA meme

I've seen this meme floating around on a few of my friends' pages, so I finally snagged it, this time from nauraki


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A surreal day

Yesterday was a pretty surreal day at work.

I found out that the guy that sits at the desk behind ours recently came over to England from Ft. Meade, Maryland... and that we were in the same unit (well, he DID look familiar).  We weren't in the same company, but he worked in the battalion command group area, so I saw him on the rare occasion that I actually passed through the area.  We talked Army stuff for about an hour. 

I found out that an acquaintance of mine passed away.  I don't know the circumstances, other than that his roommate found him in bed one morning, not breathing.  I'm not really sure how I feel about that... kinda bummed out, I guess.  He was a really nice guy.  I didn't know him very well, but we always got along really well.  RIP.

Work was -really- quiet.  So quiet, in fact, that I spend the better part of my shift reading Neil Stephenson's Cryptonomicon.  It was a definite change of pace from yesterday, when everyone was running around with their hair on fire because some dumbass at the Pentagon decided to release an assessment that was completely inflammatory and misleading, all because they misinterpreted the word "anniversary" (welcome to the wonderful world of Arabic... ain't it a bitch). 

I'm sooooo looking forward to my four days off, even if I do have to spend the better part of it doing housework and yardwork.

Canine power

So, I fed the dogs this evening, and they literally inhaled their food.  Allie finished her dinner in a record 35 seconds.  I am thoroughly convinced that there is some commercial viability to this that I'm missing out on.  Perhaps an endorsement deal from Dyson or Hoover.  Simon took a bit longer to finish his dinner.  He probably wasn't as hungry, since he had a snack earlier.  He ate some unidentified meat product while we were out on a walk down to the post office.  He didn't even break his stride until Teena jerked his leash to try to get him to drop it.  No such luck, he had already inhaled it.  They're a couple of canine vacuum cleaners.  So if anyone out there needs their floors cleaned... just drop me a line and I'll see what I can do.

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It's that time again...

Happy 29th Birthday teenap!!!!

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Comedy Gold... al Qaeda style.

Here's a press release from the Multi-National Force - Iraq Public Affairs Office. It reads alot like a Looney Tunes episode.

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Precision-guided munitions kills top al Qaeda leader
Multi-National Division – Center PAO

BAGHDAD — The top target for al Qaeda in Iraq south of Baghdad was killed July 14 in Arab Jabour by precision-guided munitions, the Excalibur.
Shortly after 12 p.m., 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, received a call that Abu Jurah and 14 anti-Iraqi forces were meeting at a house in Arab Jabour.
Abu Jurah was an AQI cell leader and was responsible for improvised explosive devices, vehicle-borne IED and indirect fire attacks on Coalition Forces in Arab Jabour.
At approximately 1:12 p.m., the house was positively identified allowing 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment to fire two Excalibur rounds destroying the meeting house.
An unmanned aerial vehicle observed persons leaving the house, loading injured individuals into a sedan and fleeing the scene.
An AH-64 Apache helicopter engaged the sedan destroying it.
Three people were observed running from the meeting house to a nearby house.
A U.S. Air Force F16 Fighting Falcon dropped two 500-pound GPS-guided bombs on the second house.
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It's a good thing they got 'em with the bombs, or they would've had to start dropping anvils and whacking them with giant sledgehammers.


(yep... it's been slow at work... hehehe)

"100" Things You Might Not Know About Me

Yeah yeah... the title says 100, but there were a few questions missing, so I filled in the blanks :D

I shamelessly swiped this from my lovely wife, teenap:

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All is right again with the world

They FINALLY fixed the heat at work.  The reason we didn't have any heat was because it was time for the semi-annual hot water flush in the building, ergo, no f***ing heat.  I didn't think it was possible to be completely freezing and sweltering hot at the same time, but thanks to our portable space heaters, which are just big enough to heat part of the body, I got to experience it for myself.  They do get hot, though.  Just hot enough to melt a security badge... -my- security badge. They also also draw just enough juice to blow a fuse on a surge protector if they happen to be plugged into one.  So it was a fun night of scrambling to get our computers back online... with no heat. 

But all is well again.  I survived another week. Only seven more months to go until I can resume a normal work schedule.

Now that I'm off, of course it just -has- to rain.  At least I didn't have to go to that stupid "company" picnic.  I bet they got soaked... hahaha.

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Day one... still not impressed

Day one (or more accurately, night one) is over. Thirteen hours of mostly excruciating boredom, interrupted only by the occasional bathroom break due to excessive tea consumption (five cups last night... woohoo). I have this -awesome- (NOT!) schedule where I work four days, take four days off, work four nights, and take four days off, then it's rinse and repeat. Night one is usually the suckiest, and last night proved to be no exception.

The weather cooled off, it was in the 50's last night, so of course, the air conditioner was on full blast in the building. I think there were actually icicles starting to form on my monitor screen. It was that freakin' cold! And of course, being that cold, every single person in the entire building had their own personal space heater blazing full throttle. Every time I started to fall asleep from the heat, I would stand up, but then I'd get too cold and have to sit down again.

And to make matters worse, it was completely -dead- last night. Nada, zip, nothing. Which, in my line of work, is probably a good thing for everyone else, but not so much for me while I'm trying to stay awake.

One of the only highlights of the evening (I cribbed this from the ABCNews website this morning when I got home):

As senior intelligence and law enforcement officials met again today in the White House Situation Room to deal with the "summer terror threat," a top terror commander said an attack was coming that would dwarf the failed bombings in London and Glasgow.

Taliban military commander Mansour Dadullah, in an interview broadcast on ABC News' "World News With Charles Gibson," said the London attacks were "not enough" and that bigger attacks were coming.


Hmmm... let's recap... the result of London and Glasgow was a couple of bombs that didn't go off, and a crashed jeep that resulted in one crispy jihadist who set himself on fire.  Not very impressive.  I can't wait to see what they do next time. Maybe they have, like, FIFTY terrorists set themselves on fire.  That would be pretty cool, and it would certainly dwarf the previous "attacks".

Hey Usama, if you're reading my blog from your cave, I have a request... could you send one of those guys to set himself on fire in my office? It's pretty cold in there.

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